Cancelled - A refined Brill-Noether theory over Hurwitz spaces

Algebra Seminar
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 3:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Hannah Larson – Stanford University – hlarson@stanford.edu
Yoav Len

This talk was cancelled due to the current status. The following is the original abstract for the talk. The celebrated Brill-Noether theorem says that the space of degree $d$ maps of a general genus $g$ curve to $\mathbb{P}^r$ is irreducible. However, for special curves, this need not be the case. Indeed, for general $k$-gonal curves (degree $k$ covers of $\mathbb{P}^1$), this space of maps can have many components, of different dimensions (Coppens-Martens, Pflueger, Jensen-Ranganathan). In this talk, I will introduce a natural refinement of Brill-Noether loci for curves with a distinguished map $C \rightarrow \mathbb{P}^1$, using the splitting type of push forwards of line bundles to $\mathbb{P}^1$. In particular, studying this refinement determines the dimensions of all irreducible components of Brill-Noether loci of general $k$-gonal curves.